ISTANBUL, Turkey : The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to give air support to some forces from Syria’s mainstream opposition, Turkey’s foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of US involvement in the conflict.There was no immediate comment from US officials on the assertion — though Washington has so far refrained from committing to enforcing a “safe zone” for Syrian rebels, as it could be seen as a declaration of war on the Syrian state.The air support would protect Syrian rebel forces who have been trained by a US-led program on Turkish territory, said minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The long-delayed scheme is meant to send 15,000 troops back to Syria to fight Islamic State militants.Cavusoglu did not go into details on what “in principle” meant or what kind of air power would be provided or by whom.“They have to be supported via air. If you d...
JEDDAH: The Interior Ministry has confirmed the hand of Islamic State in Qatif suicide bombing.Maj....
RIYADH: Gifted Saudi students won medals at the 26th International Inventions and Innovations Exhibi...
DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday banned an Islamist militant group suspected of involvement in the murders of atheist bloggers that sparked protests in Dhaka and outrage around the world, an official said.The Home Ministry’s move to outlaw the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) comes almost a week after police asked the government to ban the group, suspecting it of being behind the deaths of three bloggers this year.Police had also...
QATIF: Tens of thousands of people gathered Monday for a mass funeral for the victims of a mosque bombing authorities called an attempt by Islamic State militants to sow sectarian strife.Mourners from the kingdom’s minority crowded the streets in the mainly Shiite Qatif district of the Eastern Province to show their respect for the 21 dead, who included two children.An imam led the funeral prayer in a marketplace under a...

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RIYADH: The Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works and UNICEF have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help Yemeni children who have taken refuge in Djibouti.The MOU was inked between Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, advisor at the Royal Court and superviso...
RIYADH: World leaders condemned the barbaric act of terrorism during noon prayers at a mosque in Qatif on Friday.A powerful suicide bomb blast at Imam Ali Mosque in Al-Qadeeh village in Qatif left 21 worshippers dead and more than 100 injured.Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa expressed his condolences and sympathy to...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Japanese Automobile High Institute (SJAHI) is due to hold its graduation ceremony for 208 second batch students. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Makkah governor and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, will host the event. Salim Al-Asmari, executive director of SJAHI, thanked the Makkah gover...
JEDDAH: A huge fire gutted the Tashlih automobile market or car graveyard in Jeddah on Sunday. Col. Saeed Al-Ghamdi, spokesman of CDD in Jeddah, said 24 firefighting teams supported by helicopters put out the massive blaze that gutted vehicles on 3,000 square meters. A probe has been launched to ascertain the cause of the f...
JEDDAH: The Ministries of Commerce and Industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are in the process of unifying six trade laws, following a decision taken in this regard at a recent meeting in Doha.A source at the GCC secretariat has been quoted as saying in the local media that the laws involve a unified trade...
RIYADH: Top officials at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) inspected various airports across the Kingdom to ensure good services and track the ongoing expansion projects being implemented in various airports.According to Tariq Abdul-Jabbar, GACA deputy assistant for domestic airports, these visits are parts of...
JEDDAH: Looking for cheap prices might have an undesirable result and lead to paying a high price later, especially if the commodity involved is tires.Many citizens choose to pay low prices for tires, but they may end up paying with their lives and those of their dear ones instead.The matter is not merely one of a low price...
RIYADH: A Gulf national was arrested in Riyadh last week and charged with killing a Saudi man in Kuwait, Riyadh police announced Sunday.The suspected killer, who is in his 20s, is alleged to have killed the Saudi due to disagreements between them, according to the police.The murder suspect came to the Kingdom and was hiding...
JEDDAH: Saudi security authorities arrested two women, accompanying six children on April 17, 2014, when they were crossing the southern border to Yemen to join in terrorist operations. One of these women, Mai Abdul Rahman Al-Talq, is the sister of detained terrorist Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Talq, who wasn’t even 15 yea...
JEDDAH: The King Abdul Aziz University’s English Language Institute (Main Women’s Campus), which is a pioneering institute in the Kingdom in the field of English language teaching and learning, held a symposium on EFL (English as a foreign language) Research Methodology recently.The conference kicked off with an interesting...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Health has recorded a death and three new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, taking the number of cases in the Kingdom to 1,003 since 2012.According to an official from the ministry, a Saudi aged 71 died in Riyadh. The patients who tested positive for the infection are...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has refused to intervene in the case of an Arab expatriate who admitted to conducting plastic surgery procedures in her home in Jeddah. The ministry said it would not question the woman if police do not intervene and arrest her.In a recent interview, the woman admitted to providing injections...
JUBAIL: A meagre 10 percent of Saudi fishermen is seen on small boats that remain in the sea for a day. However, there are no Saudis at all on bigger boats because the expeditions last for five to 10 days and they don't find it economically viable.Ship captains used to enjoy power and prestige in the community, as they were...

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ISTANBUL, Turkey : The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to gi...

DOHA: The GCC on Sunday rejected claims a US-led coalition air campaign against...

Beirut: Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the count...

TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military official told parliament on Sunday the armed f...

Baquba: : Eight explosions, mostly targeting the security forces, rocked the Ir...

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DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday banned an Islamist militant group suspected of invol...

FORT SAN FELIPE, Philippines: The Philippines is seeking a “stronger commitment”...

MOSCOW: The United States led criticism of Russia’s new law targeting “undesirab...

BUJUMBURA: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundi’s government and its o...

GENEVA: Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders)...

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BUENOS AIRES: Second division Argentine football player Cristian Gomez of Atleti...

PARIS: UEFA President Michel Platini has thrown his weight behind Jordan’s Princ...

LONDON: An estimated 70,000 people took to the streets of west London on Monday...

LAHORE: Former captain Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Mohammad Sami have been reca...

CLEVELAND: LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atla...

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DEAD SEA, Jordan: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), a special economic zone on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast near Jeddah, expects its inflow of new corporate tenants to...
RIYADH: Profits of the listed retail companies grew by 6.04 percent to SR789.4 million in the first quarter of the current year (2015) compared to SR744.4 million in the same period last year, according to a financial report.Similarly, sales of the retail sector grew by 17 percent to SR8.4 billion compared to SR7.2 billion...
JEDDAH: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, has signed a deal to buy five very large crude tankers from ship builders Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Riyadh-listed firm said.Hyundai will build the tankers and deliver them to Bahri in 2017, a statement to Riyadh’s bour...
RIYADH: Google has launched here recently “Google Partners Academy” to help Saudi entrepreneurs and small and medium business (SMBs) to be online and digital experts to grow their businesses.“We have officially launched our Google partner program here for the first time to boost businesses presence online and utilize it to...
ATHENS: Greece has warned that it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting.Athens already had a close shave in May, when it was only able to scrape together the 750 million eu...
Imagine a situation in which two airliners are on a collision course. What would happen? The air traffic controller (ATC) at the airport would try to identify the blips of the two planes on his radar screen and calculate the probability of a collision. That’s no easy task, since he has to mentally construct a three-dimensio...
ISTANBUL: French car giant Renault has offered a cash payment to striking workers in western Turkey where a wage dispute has hit the thriving Turkish car sector ahead of June 7 elections.Oyak Renault factory, a joint venture between Renault and the Oyak army pension fund located in the western city of Bursa, said it offered...
WASHINGTON: The US auto safety watchdog, long criticized as toothless and slow, is showing both bark and bite under its new boss — a testimony to his credentials as a safety expert and a hardening of the administration’s policy after a wave of deadly defects.Having taken the helm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin...
NEW YORK: General Motors is negotiating what could be a record fine with US justice authorities after a federal investigation into a defect linked to at least 104 deaths uncovered criminal wrongdoing, the New York Times reported.The Times cited people familiar with the inquiry as saying that a settlement likely to surpass t...
MANILA: Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries have issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.The ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping of nations vowed at the end of their two-day meeting on the centr...
JEDDAH: Despite closing lower for two days during the week, the Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) entrenched at 9,768.09 and finished the week up over 0.38 percent from its previous weekend close at 9,731.54 points.The index touched an intra-week high of 9,829.76 and low of 9,695.00 levels, reflecting a narrow trading range of...
LONDON: Futures prices indicate the physical market is easily absorbing the large volume of crude being supplied and global rebalancing is well underway.The price for storing a barrel of Brent for six months has fallen from more than $1.23 per month at the start of 2015 to just 37 cents per month on May 21.US crude inventor...
NEW YORK: US stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the US Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks.Fed Chair Janet Yellen said she expected the US central bank to...
 

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NEW YORK: A vibrant, multi-hued painting from Pablo Picasso set a world record for artwork at auction, selling for $179.4 million on Monday night, and a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti set a record for most expensive sculpture, at $141.3 million.
Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O)” and Giacometti’s life-size “Pointing Man” were among d...

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RIYADH: Saudi tweets account for more than 47 percent of all Arabic content on Twitter, according to a recent study.
“Twitter has made it big in Saudi Arabia, since Arabic was introduced onto the platform in 2012,” MVF Global said.
With just 140 characters, MVF Global added, Twitter has become the largest real-time conversation ever c...

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Henna has been culturally used by men and women for over 6,000 years to dye hair, nails and skin.
In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra and Nefertiti were known to have used it to color their hair and as decorative body art patterns. It was also commonly used for many centuries in India, the Middle East and Africa. Commercially packaged henna, inten...

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Ever watched “The Lion King” and wished you would explore the savannahs where Simba was born and the lush jungle where he found Timon and Pumba? Of course you have, I mean who wouldn’t want to watch lions, elephants, zebras, flamingos and so many others thrive in their habitats? The continent of Africa is diverse, it’s intense, it’s wild and bea...

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They say there is nothing a cupcake can’t fix. That seems to be the mantra of home bakers Marzan and Rubina Ahmed. The husband and wife duo in Alkhobar have been doling out their sweet treats for family and friends for quite a while.While Rubina has always had a flair for baking, Marzan discovered his talent when he once baked with his niece who was about five at that time (she’s now 12). “When we got married last summer we decided to have cupcakes at the engagement that we decorated ourselves according to the theme. When we got married Rubina joined me in Saudi Arabia and after teaming up for my cousin’s engagement, ‘baked by rubynmarz’ was established,” Marzan said, referring to the home...
In Part 7, I wrote about the benefits and healing properties of coconut oil on skin health and problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites and superficial wounds and burns. Now, I shall talk about other aspects of this healthy oil.Virgin coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have different healing actions on many areas of the body. We saw how it produces powerful ketogenic effects on the brain cells (neurons). Ketones improve and could reverse once thought to be hopeless conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), personality disorders. VCO also enhances cognitive skills as was shown in recent studies done by Dr....
An expert has expressed serious concern at the increasing number of youngsters, particularly schoolchildren, getting addicted to smoking, and has urged the authorities to raise the prices of cigarettes.Professor Mohammad bin Jabir Yamani, chairman of Naqaa society, said: “The percentage of smokers among young people varies from 13 to 15 percent. The number is rising among school-aged children also.” He said that the society has treated around 10,000 smokers, of which 60 percent completely gave up smoking.Yamani said female smokers in the Kingdom form less than 6 percent, and hoped that the number is on the decrease. The society is working to decrease the number of smokers through targeting...

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LOS ANGELES: Amal Clooney wants to appear on the cover of American Vogue.The British human rights lawyer, whose husband...
EGYPT: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and is struggling to remember his most famous films, his son has revealed.The 83-year-old Egyptian-born actor shot to fame in 1962 when he starred in ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’His only child Tarek El-Sharif, 58, revealed that his father has been struggling with the disease for the past three years.Tarek said that Omar often confuses the names of his most famous films and forgets where they were filmed. He made his frank confession during an interview with respected Spanish newspaper El Mundo, and the revelation follows earlier...
VIENNA, Austria: Sweden narrowly beat Russia Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe’s annual anything-goes music extravaganza.Forty-one years after Swedish superstars ABBA took the title, chiseled Mans Zelmerlow won 365 points from voters and juries in 40 countries with his up-tempo crowd-pleaser “Heroes.”As the scores came through nation by nation via videolink to Vienna, it looked for a while as though Russian Polina Gagarina would take the title with her paean to world peace “A Million Voices.”In the end though her anthem...

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